Investing in Easter, The Anger of the King

When was the last time you were really angry? This morning? Last year?

Now figure out why you were so angry.

For me, it’s usually because I feel someone didn’t treat me the way I felt like they should have. Or maybe I didn’t get my way. One time I was so angry, I hit my husband with a Scrabble box. Not exactly  righteous anger.

Yet, that’s the kind of anger Jesus had when He entered the temple in Jerusalem. People buying and selling merchandise. In fact, He was so angry, He overturned tables and threw people out.

Why was He so angry? Here’s what He said as He quoted from Jeremiah:

“Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations?’ But you have made it a robbers’ den.” Mark 11:17

Imagine that. Commercialism in the church.

Shameful.

We still do that today.

Crowding out our worship with commercialism. Idols. Stuff.

Forgetting to pray.

Remember, this week, we’re investing in Easter. Thinking about the cross. Meditating on its significance. Savoring its beauty.

Don’t forget the message of Easter in the midst of this world.

God became man to live a sinless life in order to pay for our sins.

What are sins? Sure, the ten commandments–that’s a given. But sin is living apart from God. Planning our own lives. Being captain of our own ships.

I remember when a famous singer died, the headline read, “He Did It His Way.”

Not really.

Check out this verse:

“Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!” Psalm 2:12 (NASB)

How can I say this…

Repent.

Take refuge in the Christ of the Cross.

For those of us who’ve already done that, thank Him. Praise Him. Pray to Him.

And by all means, clean out your temple.

Here’s a song by Chris Tomlin to help you savor the cross.

Blessings, my friend.

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